Amazon came calling yesterday and delivered my preordered copy of the new D&D Starter Set. I wasn't expecting it until today so getting it a day early was a nice surprise. I realize it's been out at select stores for a while now but that wasn't an option for me. The closest hobby shop is over 50 miles away on the mainland and they would not have had it early anyhow.
I have flipped through the contents but have not looked closely at the details yet. I'm still immersed deep within the pages of Moldvay and I don't have the time right now to digest the starter set properly. I'll write a post with my thoughts in the near future but don't expect an expert review. Others are much more qualified to do so. Though I have been an avid collector of all editions of D&D for about ten years now, I've been out of playing far too long to be able to compare/contrast the good and bad from earlier editions. I just plan on talking about what I like and/or do not like about it.
Just flipping through the pages last night I can already add two comments. 1) I do like the art work. That's no small thing for me to say. I'm firmly rooted in the traditional art from the golden years of TSR: Elmore, Parkinson, Easley, and Caldwell. Anything different is difficult for me to admire. So far I'm a bit impressed however. Mainly I think I'm happy that D&D seems to be moving away from the later 3/3.5 and 4e era styles. I really hated most of that stuff! 2) I dislike the pamphlet style books inside. Give me solid Moldvay and Metzer style covers please! I want to feel like I'm holding something substantial. Otherwise I feel like I'm flipping through a glossy catalog or travel brochure.
Did any of you pick up the new starter set? If so, what are you thoughts thus far? Even if you are completely committed to older editions, do you think you will collect the newer stuff?